Arthur D. Martinson
Acquisition And Processing Information
Arthur D. Martinson donated his papers to Washington State University in 2010 (MS 2010-31). The collection was processed that year by Susan Vetter.
Number of containers: 2
Linear feet of shelf space: 1
Arthur D. Martinson (born 1933) received his undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1957 and then earned both his master's (1961) and doctoral degrees (1966) in History from Washington State University. His master's thesis, "The Influence of the Longmire Family upon the Early History of Mount Rainier National Park," and doctoral dissertation, "Mountain in the Sky: A History of Mount Rainier National Park," established the foundation for Martinson's lifelong interest in the history of that park.
Martinson returned to Pacific Lutheran University, joining the faculty of the History Department. He served for thirty-three years until his retirement in 1999, and then continued to teach as emeritus faculty. Martinson had worked for the National Park Service during his student years, and after he became a faculty member he continued that employment during the summers, first at Mount Rainier and later at North Cascades National Park. Combining his enthusiasm for backcountry activities (such as scaling Mount Rainier four times) with his scholarly work, Martinson published articles about Mount Rainier's history in Forest History Newsletter (1966), American West (1971), and Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History (1989) as well as the book Wilderness above the Sound: The Story of Mount Rainier National Park (Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Press, 1986; 2nd ed., Niwot, CO: Roberts Rinehart, 1994).
The Arthur D. Martinson papers center on Martinson's lifelong research into the history of Mount Rainier National Park (MORA, the National Park Service identifier code for the park, is used hereafter). Established in 1899, Mount Rainier became the nation's fifth national park. Unlike Yellowstone, which benefited from advocacy at a national level, Mount Rainier's park status depended on the persistent campaign of residents of the young state. Mount Rainier became the first national park created from lands already designated as forest reserves. The reclamation of Northern Pacific Railroad Company holdings to unify park land under federal ownership set an important precedent for future national parks.
The collection consists of correspondence, notes, a map, photographs, promotional brochures and posters for MORA, and unpublished manuscripts. Some items are reproductions. In addition to the Mount Rainier material, the collection also includes correspondence from Martinson's cousin Lute Jerstad during the latter's 1963 successful ascent of Mount Everest (the first by an American expedition), an 1890 commemorative pamphlet, printed on fabric, for the Tacoma Hotel, and early twentieth century correspondence (found by Martinson in North Cascades National Park Complex) from Lewis Weaver to Daisie Wright.
The materials are organized in a single series, retaining Martinson's arrangement.
Nine print items were separated for individual cataloging.
Martinson, A. D. -- Archives
Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.) -- History
This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.
The suggested citation for the collection is:
Arthur D. Martinson Papers, 1886-1989
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Arthur D. Martinson papers, 1961 (Cage 3054). This collection includes materials related to Martinson's master's thesis about the Longmire family's influence on the early history of Mount Rainier National Park.
Location Note (Masc Staff Use)
Folder 11 is located in oversize (map case).
Materials are in English.